Sounds of Renewal

As we renew the year with a fresh start and heaps of hope, a gaggle of Unitarian Universalist poets will explore in verse what renewal means to them. Start your 2022 with our church’s traditional poetry service. See you then.

Service coordinator: Steve Lennon

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Sounds of Renewal

January 2, 2022

Centering Thought   

adapted from Imagine a Day by Sarah L. Thomson

Imagine a day…

   when grace and daring are all we need to build a bridge.

Imagine a day…

   when you forget how to fall.

Imagine a day…

   when you don’t need wings to soar.

Imagine a day…

   when you build the world around you piece by piece.


Centering Music

Creative Spirit performed by First UU Winnipeg Choir


Sarah Cummings

Gathering Hymn

352 Find a Stillness

Chalice Lighting

Words by Rev. Dr. Cynthia Landrum    M.C. Ziegler

Opening Words

Fresh New Year   words by Steve Lennon


Love Is the Spirit (song sheet)

Candles of Caring

Shar Lynn

Unison Words

We pause to reflect on our past week, and on the new year ahead, to think of changes and challenges that lay before us. And, as we share what is in our hearts and support each other along the way, we are all strengthened.


55 Dark of Winter 


Steve Lennon

Our Share the Plate partner for January is Wahbung Abinoonjiiag.


The Gift of Love performed by the First UU Winnipeg Choir


6 Just as Long as I Have Breath 


Sarah  L. Thomson, words by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

The sound of the bell and two minutes of silence will follow the spoken meditation.

UU Poets

Poets, introduced by Steve Lennon:

  • Jenny Gerbasi
  • Roger Rochester (video)
  • M.C. Ziegler
  • Robert Malo
  • Tazi Rodrigues
  • Steve Lennon

Closing Hymn

49 Stillness Reigns  


Steve Lennon

Closing Words  

Sarah  L. Thomson

adapted from Imagine a Night by Sarah L. Thomson

Chalice Extinguishing  

Carry the Flame


To the Light performed by the First UU Winnipeg Choir


Gratitude for our staff and lay leaders who made this service happen:

  • Leaders: Steve Lennon, Jenny Gerbasi, Robert Malo, Roger Rochester, Tazi Rorigues, M.C. (Cate) Ziegler
  • Coordinators: Steve Lennon and Sarah Cummings
  • Tech Team: Janet Toews, Lori Lewis, Colleen Millikin
  • Candles of Caring Host: Shar Lynn
  • Songleading Videos: Paul Rodermond, Acting Music Director/Accompanist; P.J. Buchan, past Music Director; First UU Winnipeg Choir, Josh Robern, Editor
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